Receding glacier provide evidence Alps were much warmer in past- Global warming establishment working to discredit findings


Dr. Christian Schlüchter’s discovery of 4,000-year-old chunks of wood at the leading edge of a Swiss glacier was clearly not cheered by many members of the global warming doom-and-gloom science orthodoxy.

This finding indicated that the Alps were pretty nearly glacier-free at that time, disproving accepted theories that they only began retreating after the end of the little ice age in the mid-19th century. As he concluded, the region had once been much warmer than today, with “a wild landscape and wide flowing river.”

Dr. Schlüchter’s report might have been more conveniently dismissed by the entrenched global warming establishment were it not for his distinguished reputation as a giant in the field of geology and paleoclimatology who has authored/coauthored more than 250 papers and is a professor emeritus at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Then he made himself even more unpopular thanks to a recent interview titled “Our Society is Fundamentally Dishonest” which appeared in the Swiss publication Der Bund where he criticized the U.N.-dominated institutional climate science hierarchy for extreme tunnel vision and political contamination.

Meanwhile the global warming ‘establishment’ are scrambling to discredit the findings.

Following the ancient forest evidence discovery Schlüchter became a target of scorn. As he observes in the interview, “I wasn’t supposed to find that chunk of wood because I didn’t belong to the close-knit circle of Holocene and climate researchers. My findings thus caught many experts off guard: Now an ‘amateur’ had found something that the [more recent time-focused] Holocene and climate experts should have found.”

Other evidence exists that there is really nothing new about dramatic glacier advances and retreats. In fact the Alps were nearly glacier-free again about 2,000 years ago. Schlüchter points out that “the forest line was much higher than it is today; there were hardly any glaciers. Nowhere in the detailed travel accounts from Roman times are glaciers mentioned.”

Schlüchter criticizes his critics for focusing on a time period which is “indeed too short.” His studies and analyses of a Rhone glacier area reveal that “the rock surface had [previously] been ice-free 5,800 of the last 10,000 years.”

Such changes can occur very rapidly. His research team was stunned to find trunks of huge trees near the edge of Mont Miné Glacier which had all died in just a single year. They determined that time to be 8,200 years ago based upon oxygen isotopes in the Greenland ice which showed marked cooling.

Casting serious doubt upon alarmist U.N.-IPCC projections that the Alps will be nearly glacier-free by 2100, Schlüchter poses several challenging questions: “Why did the glaciers retreat in the middle of the 19th century, although the large CO2 increase in the atmosphere came later? Why did the Earth ‘tip’ in such a short time into a warming phase? Why did glaciers again advance in the 1880s, 1920s, and 1980s? . . . Sooner or later climate science will have to answer the question why the retreat of the glacier at the end of the Little Ice Age around 1850 was so rapid.”

Although we witness ongoing IPCC attempts to blame such developments upon evil fossil-fueled CO2 emissions, that notion fails to answer these questions. Instead, Schlüchter believes that the sun is the principal long-term driver of climate change, with tectonics and volcanoes acting as significant contributors.

Another question to ask the global warming alarmists is why does every supposed solution involve big government siphoning vast sums of money from the productive economy?

*** H/T to Ice Age Now ***

Google, Yahoo Working on Encrypted Email Tools

This is all fine and good until Google and Yahoo hand over the keys to the Fed’s:

Yahoo’s move comes a couple of months after Google announced its plans to roll out a Chrome browser extension to let people encrypt their emails.

Yahoo will bootstrap its own plugin by modifying Google’s code, and the two services will be compatible, Stamos said.

Two people with the plugin enabled will be able to send each other emails with the content scrambled, unreadable to anyone but the sender and the receiver. This is already possible using established encryption software such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). But such tools are hard for average users. Google and Yahoo want to make it easy.

Tech companies giving the government back door access to personal, private data, that never happens… Right?

Proposed history curriculum omits American icons while painting colonists as bigots

‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.

‘Stand easy!’ barked the instructress, a little more genially.

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy,

George Orwell, 1984: Part 1, Chapter 3

The American left never sleeps…

New history curriculum standards proposed for top high school students leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation’s fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed — and perhaps scrapped altogether.

An open letter circulated by conservative education activists is calling on The College Board to delay implementing new Advanced Placement U.S. History guidelines, saying a “rising tide of opposition” believes the curriculum will take the nation’s classrooms in a bad direction.

The Aug. 4 letter, which is addressed to David Coleman, president/CEO of the New York-based nonprofit, claims the new 98-page curriculum is a “dramatic departure” from the five-page outline previously used by teachers and students and offers a consistently negative view of Americans as oppressors and exploiters.

Year after year, academia churns out little leftist Democrat voters and foist them into the world, clueless as to how it actually works.

This was clearly on display during the Occupy Wall Street Nonsense:

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Newly minted leftists could also stand to spend time reading (and understanding) a few classics from literature as well.

When Orwell wrote “minds were trained to hold contradictory positions simultaneously and unquestioningly” in 1948, it’s as if he is describing the #OWS losers of a few years ago who were shocked when police ran roughshod over their protest demanding more government control.

Millennials are growing up: What was attractive in your 20′s is not so attractive in your 30′s

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Who could see this on coming? Tattoo removal surges 440% over the last decade:

The tattoo removal industry is still growing and expected to hit $83.2 million over the next four years, keeping pace with growth in the overall tattoo industry, according to research firm IBISWorld. Revenue for the industry overall is estimated to be $3.4 billion in 2014, an annualized growth rate of just 2.9%, though there is strong demand for tattoos with intricate designs, such as 3-D tattoos, says IBISWorld lead analyst Andy Brennan. There are nearly 8,000 tattoo businesses in the U.S., with no dominant player.


Most tattoo removals are performed on people in their 30s and 40s, says Michael Kulick, a San Francisco-based plastic surgeon. “What was attractive in your 20s is not so attractive in your 30s,” he says. Costs vary from $500 up, depending on the color and depth of the ink in the skin. The ideal color for removal is black because that tattoo will be at the same depth in the skin and the same wavelength for the laser to remove the ink. “Now it’s very fashionable to have pastels and yellow, which is very difficult to remove,” he says.

Relationship breakups and job-hunting has led to a surge in tattoo removals, Brennan says. “Increased social acceptability of and interest in tattoos has driven demand for them, which ultimately increased the pool of potential customers who may regret their initial decision and want their tattoos removed,” he says. Further pushing growth has been the recession, which has heightened unemployment and, in turn, increased demand from job seekers who need to cover up tattoos in order to obtain employment.

The reason for the spike in tattoo removal is simpler than relationship breakups and job-hunting; today it seem as if almost everyone has a tattoo, so they have lost their rebellious cool factor.

Reminds me of Dr. Seuss and “The Sneetches”

Video: Russian tank fires cannon mid-air

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While Obama guts our military so he has more money he can re-distribute to Democrat voters through everything from ObamaCare and ObamaPhones, Russia and China continue continue increasing their military spending.

Via Sploid:

A Russian T-90AM tank firing its 125mm cannon as it flies off a ramp. Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia still has more tanks than any other country in the world: 15,500. China and the USA follow with 9,150 and 8,325 respectively. Russia is now conducting its annual world tank championship.

While the USA was invited to participate in the 2013 edition, this year there’s no participation from NATO countries following the annexation of Crimea and the current war in Ukraine. Only Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the 2014 edition.

And the promised video.

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Way to go low information voters…

No new ideas in Hollywood: Sources say Ghostbusters reboot focusing on female team

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, has emerged as the frontrunner, according to sources, and Feig has shown interest in taking on the project. Sources caution that no formal negotiations have taken place and a lot must be worked out before the casual discussions turn serious and Feig accepts the job. But he is the studio’s first choice, these sources said. Sony declined to comment.

Sources say the film will be a reboot focusing on female Ghostbusters.

I don’t know about this, the original will be tough to top….

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I can’t imagine today’s Hollywood taking shots at Dear Leader’s benevolent and all knowing government.

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Nope… Hollywood wouldn’t dare cast the EPA as a villain today.

Duke research ties ancient mans testosterone drop to increase in art and advanced tools

Really, this study reads like a syllabus straight out of a bitter Women’s Study course

Via UniversityHerald:

According to a press release from Duke University, scientists suggest in a new study, published in the journal Current Anthropology, that a change in humans’ skulls was an indicator of testosterone. The cultural shift took place about the same time as the decrease in testosterone.

“The modern human behaviors of technological innovation, making art and rapid cultural exchange probably came at the same time that we developed a more cooperative temperament,” study lead author Robert Cieri, a biology graduate student at the University of Utah, said in the release.

For their study, which Cieri started at Duke, the team measured 1,400 skulls of modern and ancient humans. In addition to a cultural shift, the scientists said lower testosterone levels led to an increase in general kindness as well.

These grant seeking academics need to get their story straight. First they tell us that we evolved from primordial ooze and a lightning strike into primates then man. All through the process of natural selection.

You know, survival of the fittest and all that.

Now, academics are telling us that ancient women were more interested in the sensitive cave painter who had an “increase in general kindness” than a caveman who was a strong and skilled hunter / protector who could provide for their children.

So, how exactly, did survival of the fittest and natural selection happen when ancient man were supposedly ‘evolving’ into pajama boy?pic_giant_121813_Pajama-Boy-The-Obama-Machines-Id

Do you think cave women were attracted to the likes of Pajama Boy?

Raquel WelchCan’t see it happening…

All kidding aside, the Duke study sounds suspiciously like an effort to craft a study (less testosterone created a better society) to support their world view.

If NPR reports latest defense cuts as too severe, you know they go too far

Via the aforementioned NPR:

A Pentagon plan to cut tens of thousands of soldiers from the U.S. Army’s ranks in coming years goes too far given the growing global threats, including Russian aggression in Ukraine and unrest in Syria and Iraq, a bipartisan review panel says.

In an advance copy of a report, Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future, that was obtained by NPR’s Tom Bowman, a panel that includes former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired Gen. John Abizaid, who was the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, warns that the proposed cuts are too deep.

“Since World War II, no matter which party has controlled the White House or Congress, America’s global military capability and commitment has been the strategic foundation undergirding our global leadership,” the report’s authors write. “Given that reality, the defense budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, coupled with the additional cuts and constraints on defense management under the law’s sequestration provision, constitute a serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.”

“The effectiveness of America’s other tools for global influence, such as diplomacy and economic engagement, are critically intertwined with and dependent upon the perceived strength, presence and commitment of U.S. armed forces,” they write.

Peace through strength…

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